Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)

RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Teaming up with Terrapin Brewing Co. for the second time, Shmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion 12. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in the venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle to Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (

This years beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and cinnamon. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle cinnamon aroma. Complex malt overtones quickly give way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss.

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginias memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4600) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
22oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Specific classification: Spiced Imperial Brown Ale. A - Pours very dark brown with a rather fragile and frothy tan head. Aroma: A spicy mix of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla with a hint of raisins. T - A cascade of flavors, but cinnamon and vanilla are prominent throughout. Dark chocolate appears mid-taste and, joined by milkly coffee, lingers in the aftertaste. Mildly sweet although, ultimately, balanced by some bitterness. M - Medium/full bodied with moderate+ carbonation; semi-dry finish. O - A fine sipping ale. Sweet enough to work best after a meal. While I liked the substantial vanilla and cinnamon, these are prominent enough to partially mask the underlying malts and may be too prominent for some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty dark malt, vanilla, cacao. Tastes dark malty, with big vanilla, cacao, cinnamon, and a medium palate heft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1324) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a dark brown with amber hues. The aroma is very strong. Cinnamon and nutmeg at the nose big time. The taste is classic holiday spice. Very warm taste to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aquitard (27) - - DEC 31, 2013
Pours black but is dark red when held to light. Head is two finger thick mostly tan with a cream layer on top. Smells like raisin to me but not in a bad way. Taste is of cinnamon, cocoa, and coffee with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is average carbonation and thickness. Overall interesting and good for a dark unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours light black with frothy creamy light brown head, lasting with lace. Aroma is dessert-like; cinnamon, chocolate, light sweet roast. Cinnamon predominates. Flavor is much the same, cocoa and cinnamon, some vanilla. Medium body. Semi dry semi sweet cinnamon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (852) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Aroma..malt, dark fruit. Fairly sweet. raisin, cocoa. Ohh, taste is unexpected but wonderful. Cinnamon, cocoa. Very smooth, medium body, nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3428) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
650ml brown bottle. Dark brown pour, big creamy beige cap. Nose has chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste has cocoa, caramel and chocolate malt, vanilla, bit of hops. Chocolate malt in the finish with light bitterness and spice and a bit of lingering hops. Nice spiced brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (6685) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22 oz. bottle purchased at Julios Liquors. Dark brown color with lasting head. Nose is as advertised, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavor is mostly the same with Large amounts of vanilla in the finish. I dont say this often but It is too sweet, on the border of cloying. No... It is cloying, way too touch vanilla. Body is medium with a lingering vanilla bean in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
In short: A fun burgundy beer with fresh cocoa beans, fresh vanilla beans and fresh many things. Highly drinkable for the style.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed 9 months after the beer release.
The look: Mostly clear burgundy body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is cocoa beans, some vanilla, spicy notes. Taste figs, cocoa beans, chocolate covered dates, molasses cookies, peanut butter, caramel, fruity notes, a mild hot spiciness along with cinnamon. Caramel in the comeback. Funny thing is the beer never feels sweet despite most of the flavors being of the sweet-related genre. Body is oily and with a relaxed carbonation. Very similar to its sister beer from Terrapin Beer Company and I suspect it is the exact same recipe. However I found this Shmaltz to be less energetic than my Terrapin bottle, everything felt a bit toned down. A collaboration beer to help raise funds for bone cancer research, a noble cause for a terrible disease, all fatal diseases are terrible, except for Alzheimer, Alzheimer is awesome, you can watch The Sixth Sense every day and enjoy a great movie ending every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2013
From bottle. Dark brown color. Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, milk chocolate. Taste is cinnamon, dark chocolate, lightly roasted malt, hint of vanilla cola. Finishes with a spiced dark chocolate aftertaste. Cocoa lingers.

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